With the majority of smartphone makers offering handsets with non-expandable storage, cloud storage platforms are quite integral now. There’s Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and Microsoft OneDrive for cloud storage requirements of consumers. However, until now there was no capable Indian alternative to these services. NITI Ayog has now launched DigiBoxx – Indian digital file storage and sharing platform, which will compete with the three services mentioned above.
The new launch comes at a time when Google has announced that it will no longer offer free unlimited storage for Google Photos users starting June 1st, 2021. The search giant will count your data usage across services such as Gmail, Google Drive going forward.
Since most Android users back up their files and data on Google Drive or Photos, chances are that they might have considered upgrading to a paid Google One plan to keep their backup. However, should you stay on Google’s service or make a switch? To help you decide, here are all the details of the newly launched DigiBoxx and a comparison between all four services mentioned before.
What is DigiBoxx: Indian digital file storage and sharing platform?
As the name suggests, Digiboxx is a digital file storage and sharing platform developed in India by NITI Aayog. The platform has been launched to support the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. The service, which was initially scheduled for an August 15th launch, comes with affordable plans for individual users. It also has different plans for enterprise and business users as well.
The service is launched by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, who worked with the DigiBoxx team to launch the indigenous service. The DigiBoxx team announced that all data on the platform will be stored within India. The new cloud storage platform comes with a slew of features.
What are the features of Digiboxx?
DigiBoxx works just like any other cloud storage service with features like support for multiple file formats, real-time access and editing, and ability to apply metadata for easy search. Users will also be able to organise their files with labels, sections, and filters.
Additionally, DigiBoxx will also allow users to send heavy files to others with InstaShare option. This features works along the lines of WeTransfer, which was recently banned in India. Users don’t need to have a DigiBoxx account to share files. They can simply provide their email id, phone number, receiver’s email id, select files and send.
How to use DigiBoxx?
- How to use DigiBoxx
- How to use DigiBoxx InstaShare
How to use DigiBoxx
In order to use DigiBoxx, users need to sign up for a free or paid account on the platform. Below are the steps to start using the service.
- Visit DigiBoxx sign-up page
- Select the plan you want to join and click on ‘Join Now’
- Enter your Digispace name
- Provide your details including name, email id, mobile number, address, industry, city, country, state, and zipcode
- Digiboxx will send an OTP to your mobile number, enter that and click on ‘Complete registration’ on next page
Digiboxx will then send you login credentials on the email id you provided during registration, which can then be used to log in to the platform.
How to use DigiBoxx InstaShare
The DigiBoxx InstaShare lets users send heavy files to other users without having to sign up for the service. To use the feature, follow the below steps.
- Visit the official DigiBoxx website and click on InstaShare button in the top-right corner
- Click on the ‘+’ icon to add your files
- Enter details like receiver’s email id, your email id and mobile number
- DigiBoxx will send an OTP to the mobile number used, enter that and click on ‘Share files’
How to buy DigiBoxx subscription?
As mentioned before, users can purchase DigiBoxx subscription from the official website while signing up. The platform is offering monthly and yearly plans starting as low as Rs 30 per month. Users can make payment using multiple online payment modes.
DigiBoxx vs Google Drive vs Apple iCloud vs Microsoft OneDrive: free storage
The newly launched DigiBoxx offers a free account to new users with 20GB of complimentary storage. Users can upload maximum file size of 2GB, enjoy Gmail integration, unlimited external collaborations, SSL encryption, real-time collaboration and web preview.
In comparison, Google users get 15 GB of free storage that’s shared across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. Apple, on the other hand, offers only 5GB of free storage to new users, when they sign up for iCloud. Lastly, Microsoft OneDrive also offers 5GB free storage to new users.
DigiBoxx vs Google Drive vs Apple iCloud vs Microsoft OneDrive: monthly plans
DigiBoxx monthly plans in India
- DigiBoxx basic plan – free
- Individuals/Freelancers – starts at Rs 30 per month
- SMBs – starts at Rs 999 per month
- Enterprise – customised
Coming to the monthly plans, apart from the free account, DigiBoxx also offers individual and business plans. The individual plans are priced at Rs 30, Rs 90, Rs 120 and Rs 199 offering 100GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB storage, respectively. The business plans are priced at Rs 999, Rs 1,499, Rs 2,999 and Rs 3,499. The plans offer 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 5TB space, respectively. The first two plans can be used by up to 50 users, whereas the latter two support up to 200 users. DigiBoxx also offers an enterprise-grade customised solution for corporate and it can be bought by contacting the pre-sales team.
Google Drive monthly plans in India
- Google Drive basic plan – free
- Google One 100GB – Rs 130 per month
- Google One 200GB – Rs 210 per month
- Google One 2TB – Rs 650 per month
Coming to Google Drive, users will need to get a Google One Plan in case they want to expand storage beyond the initial 15GB. Google offers three Google One Plans priced at Rs 130 per month or Rs 1,300 per year, Rs 210 per month or Rs 2,100 per year, and Rs 650 per month or Rs 6,500 per year. The Rs 130 Google Plan offers 100GB, Rs 210 Google One plan provides 200GB and lastly the Rs 650 Google One plan offers 2TB storage.
Apple iCloud monthly plans in India
- Apple iCloud basic plan – free
- iCloud 50GB – Rs 75 per month
- iCloud 200GB – Rs 219 per month
- iCloud 2TB – Rs 749 per month
Apple also offers three plans providing 50GB, 200GB and 2TB storage to iCloud users. The base plan is priced at Rs 75 per month and is the most popular plan according to the Apple website. The 200GB option retails at Rs 219 per month, whereas the 2TB plan will set users back by Rs Rs 749 per month.
Microsoft OneDrive monthly plans in India
- OneDrive Basic – free
- OneDrive Standalone – Rs 140 per month
- OneDrive Personal – Rs 420 per month
- OneDrive Family – Rs 530 per month
Just like the other three services, OneDrive also offers four plans including the basic free plan with 5GB storage. The next option is OneDrive Standalone plan for Rs 140 per month, which offers 100GB space on OneDrive. The next two plans are priced at Rs 420 (Rs 4,199 annual) and Rs 530 (Rs 5,299 annual) as part of Microsoft 365 bundle. The former offers 1TB of OneDrive storage along with all Microsoft Office apps. The top-end plan provides sharing between six individuals with 1TB storage for each, totalling to 6TB of OneDrive space along with Microsoft Office apps.
DigiBoxx vs Google Drive vs Apple iCloud vs Microsoft OneDrive: compatibility
Currently, DigiBoxx is available only on Android and web platforms. However, the company has announced that they will roll out the iOS app very soon. The Microsoft OneDrive is cross-compatible with Windows 8 or above, macOS X 10.12 or later, Android 6.0 or later and iOS 13 or later. Lastly, Apple’s iCloud is exclusive only to iOS and macOS users.